3 Questions : Gretchen

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

I had seen Gretchen’s blog (with its clever title) often when I participated in Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along. And I had seen Nerdy Gerdy designs on Ravelry (had a few patterns in my queue to knit someday, especially the 

Clarity Cardigan

) but I never put the two together. When she reached out to me to say Hi and I actually took the time to peruse her blog, it was one of those moments where I thought,

why wasn’t I following this blog sooner?

Gretchen blogs about her life on a Minnesota farm complete with a handful of kids and critters, living that modern farm wife dream of building a family home around food, faith, homeschooling, growing, crafting and more. Her honesty, humor and grace and her celebration of the everyday are what keep me coming back.

What is your favorite meal of the day?

I’d have to say the evening meal. My husband often serves breakfast to the kids while I sleep in to 7:30 or so, since I’m often up at night. Lunch is the crazy time of day as everyone’s schedules collide from the farm to the schoolroom and we all attempt to sit down together, and someone is always in a rush to get somewhere. The evening is just a sacred time where we talk about our day, and things we have read. The meal is often full of the day’s work. I wouldn’t exactly call it peaceful, but it’s more intentional, and full of good conversation.

Why were you given your name?

My mom just liked the sound of it. My sister and I both have German names, even though we’re Irish-Norwegian Americans. My name means “precious pearl” which my mom really liked, and talked about that meaning often. During hard times my mom would tell me about how pearls always start out as a grain of sand that is aggravated and distressed over a period of time inside of a clam. This whole process brings about a beauty that simply cannot be made any other way.

What culture fascinates you the most?

Well, it’s becomes apparent pretty quickly from my blog that my family has a strong Norwegian influence, but outside of that, it would be the Japanese culture. My mom was actually born and raised in Japan from American parents living there. My brother and I would always try to study the language to figure out what our aunts and uncles were talking about near Christmas time when Japanese felt like a “code language” of the adults.

From a crafting perspective, I love Japanese fabrics, and stitch patterns, and fashion. I love the food and the art, and the attention to detail in even the small things—maybe most especially in the small things. I feel like the Japanese culture really strives for creating beauty in the everyday, and that is something that inspires me.

Be sure to check out Gretchen’s blog and knitting patterns.

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